Tiger Woods began his title defense at the Masters by doing something he’s never done before at Augusta National Golf.
The 15-time major champion shot a bogey-free 4-under 68 on Thursday, his first blemish-free opening round in his Masters career. Woods was in total control of his golf ball, hitting 15 greens in regulation and 10-of-14 fairways.
For the second consecutive day, Woods will play alongside Shane Lowry and Andy Ogletree, winner of the 2019 U.S. Amateur. With a 2:30 p.m. ET tee time and a sunset just before 5:30 p.m. ET, chances are slim the second round will be finished on Friday.
In the meantime, check out Tiger’s twilight second round from Augusta National below with shot-by-shot analysis.
Hole 5 – Par 4
Just like yesterday he moves this drive at Magnolia left-to-right down the fairway, avoiding the bunkers to the left and setting up a nice look at the green from the short stuff.
Hole 4 – Par 3
Flowering Crab Apple. Safe tee shot here from Tiger finds the center of the green, 30 feet below the hole. Well … he left this one inexplicably three or four feet short. Perfect line, but he just doesn’t seem to have the touch or feel from yesterday. Plenty of golf left to be played. Saves his par. What was that old dating show on MTV? Next.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 4 (4 under overall).
Hole 3 – Par 4
Tiger goes with the mega-layup in front of the bunkers on the short par 4, Flowering Peach, finding the short stuff just 216 yards down the fairway. From there, he’s got 126 yards to the pin near the middle of the green. He’s so good here. His approach couldn’t be more perfect, landing a little long and left, spinning back perfectly below the hole to leave a 13 footer for birdie. Great line, just didn’t have the pace to carry it. Woah. That’s his first unforced error, three-putting from 13 feet after his par save was a college senior on a Friday night — hammered. First bogey of the week, on his 21st hole.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 3 (4 under overall).
Hole 2 – Par 5
3…2…1…LIFTOFF. Tiger absolutely smoked this drive 343 yards down the fairway with a little help from the hill. From there he’s got 233 to the pin. Tiger’s second shot at Pink Dogwood finds the front-right bunker, and he’s once again short-sided. WHY DO I KEEP MENTIONING HE’S SHORT-SIDED WHEN IT DOESN’T MATTER. He almost holes out for eagle, missing the edge but an inch, maybe less. Easy birdie. This guy.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 2 (5 under overall).
Hole 1 – Par 4
And we’re off at Tea Olive. Tiger starts his day right where he spent his first round — in the fairway. Beautiful tee shot flies down the left side of the fairway, avoiding the bunkers down the right. Let’s go. The beautiful tee shot is followed by just a flat-out bad approach. Leaves this one hanging out to the right and misses the green, with not much space to work with. But he’s Tiger Woods so he naturally hits the perfect bump-and-run, setting up the par save.
He did the same thing yesterday. Great start to the round to scramble to safety with ease.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (4 under overall).